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More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the effects of multiple sclerosis daily. In a show of support, each year hundreds of loved ones, friends, neighbors, and co-workers throughout Cheshire and surrounding communities, lace up and step out in solidarity for a single cause: to end the potentially devastating effects of MS.
The Cheshire High School will once again serve as the starting point for this year’s Travelers Walk MS on Sunday, April 22. Check in opens at 8 a.m. and walkers will hit the road at 9 a.m.
Last year’s Travelers Walk MS attracted over 10,000 participants and raised a record amount of more than $1.35 million. The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter hopes to raise more than $1.45 million this year.
Roughly 2,100 walkers took to the streets in Cheshire last year and raised $243,000. This year, the community will stride toward a goal of $ 264,000. The top team from last year’s walk was Team Jenifer, raising $29,886. Top individual walker, Don Walsh, raised $24,245 for his team.
“Each year Cheshire-area residents come out in large numbers to demonstrate support for those in their community battling multiple sclerosis,” said Karen E. Butler, National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter vice president of communications. “Our Cheshire walk site planning committee members do an exceptional job of rallying the troops, bringing people together from all walks of life in a single effort to raise funds to find a cure.”
At this year’s event, the Cheshire site will feature team photos, music, cotton candy and popcorn machines, an MS Experience Area with a fun filled Kids Zone and bouncy house, face painting, and local involvement from the town fire department and police department who will be handing out information and materials on how to stay safe.
Funds raised by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, through events, such as the Travelers Walk MS, ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure and provide vital programs and services offered by the chapter.
To learn more about the 2012 Travelers Walk MS, or to pre-register, please visit www.ctfightsms.org.
To learn more about multiple sclerosis, its effects, and programs and services offered by the chapter to those living with MS visit www.ctfightsms.org.
This information was provided by the National MS Society - Connecticut Chapter.